Classical Pilates Education Creator Stefanie Ellis

Classical Pilates Education

Joseph Pilates originally developed his method, which he called “Contrology”, as a sequence of controlled exercises to strengthen and stretch the body, connect to the core and bring the individual into proper alignment, in order to improve mobility and decrease pain. Classical Pilates is centered around the 6 core principles of Pilates:

  • Centering
  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Precision
  • Breath
  • Flow

We believe that it is paramount to uphold Joseph Pilates’ legacy by molding future instructors who teach intelligent, safe, and effective workouts as Pilates was intended to be taught. 


Classical Pilates Education Teacher Training Programs are designed to inspire new Pilates instructors to carry on the legacy of Joseph Pilates’ original method. In our school, we inspire excellence by preparing our graduates for the highest of professional standards in the practice of Pilates. We integrate the study of anatomy with movement as it pertains to the Pilates Method and we teach students to assess each client’s unique needs. We prepare all Classical Pilates Education graduates to successfully pass the National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP) immediately after they complete their final test out. 


Our qualified and committed Teacher Trainers will teach students the Classical Pilates Method in a formulated way through training weekends, online videos, workouts, meetings, exams, and observation. By the time students finish their final test out, they will have performed over 600 hours of practice and observation, leaving them well equipped to begin teaching immediately thereafter. By following a standardized Teaching Methodology and by building upon a key set of Teaching Skills, students will become confident and effective Pilates instructors. Our reputation is built upon the excellence of our certified instructors in the network.

Training weekends are taught progressively from beginner to advanced, each weekend building upon the last. Apprentices learn to progress clients effectively and to modify for any injuries or other limitations. By the end of the program, apprentices are not only prepared to teach the complete sequence of exercises that Joseph Pilates developed in a progressively challenging way but also to adjust as needed to formulate an intelligently designed exercise plan to ensure the workout is tailored to the needs and goals of each specific client.

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